Have you ever had a job where the work was great, but the environment was mediocre at best? Maybe your job didn’t have air conditioning, or the people were always gossiping, and no one took pride in their work. Nobody wants to work at a place like that. Now that you’re the manager, you have the power to create either an amazing workplace or an environment no one wants to work in. We imagine your choice would be the amazing workplace, but, like many other companies, you might have some work to do. Below is a list of some ways to improve your work environment for employees. Read on if you’d like to learn more.
A Great Work Environment Starts With Hiring
If you look at any company that’s known for positive work environments—think Google, Blizzard Entertainment, and Intuit—they all have one thing in common: great people. You can’t create a great work environment if your people are holding you back. Unfortunately, this also means you might have to make difficult decisions as the owner and let some people go. As hard as it is to let people go, it might be necessary in order to move your company forward.
Encourage Positivity and Communication
The people in your organization can make or break the work environment and culture. As the leader, you should always remain positive and should encourage others to follow in your footsteps. Additionally, employees value a company that communicates expectations, goals, and problems clearly andconsistently. There’s no such thing as over-communication, but you can certainly under-communicate.
Install an HVAC System and New Lighting
Regardless if you primarily work in an office or an industrial factory, the environment should be comfortable. Nobody likes to feel overheated when they’re working, and if they are, their productivity will certainly fall. Increasing worker comfort and productivity are only two of the many reasons you need a quality AC system. In addition to being comfortable, workers’ moods can vary widely based on the lighting in your facility. Nobody likes harsh fluorescent office lighting, plus it costs the company a lot of money. Instead, you should install LED lights that replicate daylight, as it’s easier on workers’ eyes and requires less energy, ultimately saving you money in the long-run.
Being the fearless leader you are, you have total control over the type of work environment your employees’ experience. We offered only a few ways to improve your work environment for employees, but there are so many options that can make your organization unique. If you do some research to exceed employee expectations, we’re sure they’ll stay with your company longer.